Blue Dragon edged in shootout with No. 2 Red Ravens
Updated: October 6, 2015
By Hutchinson CC Athletic Communications
The series record for combined points scored was shattered, but that was little consolation to the Hutchinson Community College football team on Saturday night at Gowans Stadium.
No. 2-ranked Coffeyville rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit to defeat the Blue Dragons 52-46 in a Jayhawk Conference showdown. The Blue Dragons fall to 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the Jayhawk Conference. Coffeyville, by virtue of No. 1 Copiah-Lincoln losing on Thursday, will likely move to No. 1 in the NJCAA.
The Red Ravens are 6-0 and 3-0 in the league. The 98 combined points broke the series record for combined points. The old record was 82 set in 1996.
The 98 combined points are the fifth most in Blue Dragon football history.
Coffeyville quarterback Riley Ferguson hurt Hutchinson by accounting for 465 total yards and six touchdowns. Ferguson completed 34 of 55 passes for 430 yards and five touchdowns, four going to Cedrick Wilson, who had nine catches for 136 yards. Ferguson also rushed for a team-high 35 yards and a touchdown.
The high-powered Red Ravens, the No. 5 scoring team in the NJCAA, rolled up 481 total yards, but were out-gained by the Blue Dragons, who had 503 total yards. Tyren Jones had his second-straight 100-yard rushing game, going for a game-high 131 yards on 16 carries. His long was a 56-yard scamper to the Coffeyville 4. Treyvon Paulk had 53 yards on 14 carries.
Sophomore Kylen Binn came off the bench to complete 17 of 28 passes for 239 yards and four touchdown passes. Three of those TD passes when to Gary Cross, who had season highs of seven receptions, 142 yards and the three scores. Logan Mays had seven catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. DeQuan Bowman had three catches for 53 yards. The Blue Dragons had 26 first downs, 209 rushing yards and 294 passing yards, but had three turnovers to Coffeyville’s one.
The Dragons led 14-7 after one quarter.
After recovering a Coffeyville fumble on the first play from scrimmage, Tre Griffin caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Dimonic McKinzy for a 7-0 HCC lead just 1 minute, 32 seconds into the contest. After Coffeyville tied the game at 7-7, the Dragons took advantage of a Bowman 50-yard punt return to the Red Raven 22.
Paulk gave Hutch a 14-7 lead on a 10-yard touchdown run with 1:56 to play in the opening quarter. HCC went up 20-7 when Mays caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Binn 22 seconds into the second quarter, but the extra-point try was blocked and HCC led 20-7 with 14:38 remaining in the half.
With the Blue Dragons driving for more points, the game turned on a Kareem Brown interception that was returned to the HCC 15. Two plays later, Wilson caught his second TD pass of the game from Ferguson from 14 yards out and the Dragon lead was down to 20-14 with 11:29 to go in the half. Coffeyville’s big-play ability stung the Dragons late in the first half when Wilson caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Ferguson with 1:49 remaining in the first half. Coffeyville led 21-20 at intermission.
The Red Ravens scored 14 points in the first 3 minutes of the third quarter to build a 35-20 lead with 11:50 to go in the period. The Dragons immediately responded with a three-play 60-yard drive capped by a Cross 29-yard touchdown reception from Binn. The extra-point try failed and HCC trailed 35-26.
Hutch pulled within 35-33 on a Binn-to-Cross 26-yard touchdown pass with 7:01 remaining, but Coffeyville struck back to make it a two-possession game when Wilson caught his fourth touchdown pass of the game from 10-yard out to give the Ravens a 42-33 lead with 4:51 to go. Coffeyville led 49-33, but the Dragons kept fighting back. Binn scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 11:25 to go to pull within 49-39.
The Red Ravens looked to finally put the Dragons away when Michael Pursley kicked a 22-yard field goal with 1:44 to go for a 52-39 lead. HCC quickly struck once more when Binn found Cross with a 66-yard catch-and-run with 1:27 to play and Hutch pulled within 42-46. Coffeyville finally closed out the game when it returned HCC’s onside kick attempts all the way to the Dragon 22.
Hutchinson will be on the road the next two weeks, next Saturday at Garden City and in two weeks at Highland before returning home to face Iowa Western on Oct. 24.
GAME NOTES – HCC saw its seven-game win streak over Coffeyville snapped. … Coffeyville leads the all-time series with HCC 55-25-4. … HCC drops a third home game in a season for the first time since 2007. … HCC was called for 15 penalties for 149 yards. Coffeyville was flagged 14 times for 129 yards. .. The Dragons had a season-high 28 minutes, 27 seconds of time of possession. (HCC Sports Information) – See more at: http://www.bluedragonsports.com/news/102092#sthash.vY3c6poS.dpuf